What to Do After a Car Accident
Being involved in a preventable
automobile accident can have devastating implications upon your life. Victims will likely
face a number of difficulties as a result of the accident, such as injuries,
medical expenses, loss of capabilities, and suffering.
Taking the wrong steps and making mistakes after being the victim of an
accident can damage your claim and impact your ability opportunity to
obtain proper compensation, so it is important to be informed.
Steps to Take After an Accident
It is important to know what steps to take and what not to do after an
accident. Our seasoned
Nebraska personal injury attorneys can help you pursue justice for what you have lost and obtain the monetary
damages you deserve. With more than 85 years of experience, we have the
ability to change your circumstance from negative to positive. Below is
a summary of what to do after an accident.
After impact, the first steps you should take are to move your vehicle
to the shoulder of the road, if possible, and put your emergency flashers
on so that other drivers know to go around you. If anyone in your vehicle
or the other party's vehicle is injured, you should call for medical
attention at once. There are two primary points to remember throughout
the entire situation.
First, be cautious in all dialogue with individuals you speak with and do not
admit liability. Whatever you say could be used against you later.
Second, do not leave the scene of the accident. You may be charged with a hit and run and therefore, it is best to stay
nearby the collision.
Collecting Information On the Scene
Although it can take one quick moment and one reckless action to be involved
in an accident, it may take a while to fix the damage. The steps to filing
a personal injury claim can be complex and will require an understanding
of what took place at the time of the accident. You will want to
call the police so that they can make an official police report of the
facts of the accident. These can be used to officially document all aspects of the situation
for future insurance investigations and lawsuits.
Additionally, you and the other party should
exchange personal contact and insurance information. You should ensure that you have the names, addresses and telephone numbers
of all other drivers in the accident. If there are witnesses, you can
ask them for their contact information. You should be careful what you
say to the witnesses and to not admit liability.
As you observe the accident, take note of the facts surrounding the accident.
document the time, date, and location of the collision as well as the weather
and road conditions. To ensure that you have enough information to build a case,
take pictures of the scene, the damage to your vehicle, and all vehicles involved. Photographs and written documentation are often serve as invaluable evidence
when filing a personal injury claim. Lastly,
contact your insurance agent to ask about the time limits for filing a claim for the accident. You should also ask them to investigate the accident
to determine your losses.
A Lawyer can Help with Your Car Accident Claim
You will want to begin the claims process as soon as possible with the
legal assistance of The Robert Pahlke Law Group. We can speak with the
other party's insurance company to ensure you are not taken advantage
of or forced to settle for a claim that is less than what you deserve.
Our Nebraska car accident attorneys can do what it takes to protect your
legal rights. We understand the state laws pertaining to your case and
are prepared to help you obtain the damages needed to cover your injuries.
Contact our firm at
888-514-4138 today to learn how you can seek compensation for injuries and losses caused
by a negligent driver!